Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Orange, Black, and White ATC Swap

A little while ago, Sarah from Inkurable Stampers, hosted an Orange, Black, and White ATC swap to mark Inkurable Stampers 3rd bloggaversary (is that a word???)     I thought I'd share the beautiful ATCs I received in return.    I know Sarah is planning a slide show, so keep a lookout for that to see ALL the ATCs, but until then here are the ones I received:


 The first one at the top, "Party Time" is the one I made for this swap, second one "I'm Late..." is by Carol Lee, third one "Very" is by Karen Daley,

 Next up we have "Just Sitting..." by Shirley H, The middle one belongs to the hostess, Sarah S, and "At Home" was created by Laury


Next we have "Hot, Hot, Hot" created by Jenxo, the middle one "Marmalade" is by Jenny Rodda, and last but by no means least is Robyn Woods' "Discover"

Go ahead and click on the images to enlarge them and drool  : )  
Thank you Sarah, for organizing this fantastic swap, and of course, thank you to all who took part.    Happy 3rd Birthday, Inkurable Stampers : ) and here's to another year full of awesome challenges...

Canvas Colours

Just recently I have found a new (to me) challenge blog, Alter It Monthly, which currently has the theme of canvas for this month, and I almost forgot to take part!!!     But I have just finished photographing my mini canvas (I'm running out of display space in my home!)   It is roughly 6"x4", and I've used an ATC sized Stampbord piece as well as some new stamps.       The canvas was cut to size, and given a watercolour (Twinks H2Os) and salt background, I then added some Pixie dust to any white areas which were showing.
While this was drying I covered the Stampbord piece with StaZon inks (I've used Teal Blue and Iris) and when dry, I stamped my chosen images (words are from THIS Darkroom Door set, butterflies are from THIS set) and I used my brad new set of Pink Paislee stamps around the edges of the Stampbord.
I also added some butterflies punched out of some painted canvas, some of THIS ribbon, and a little glitter here and there.    The Stampbord piece has a coat of DM to give it a nice glossy finish.






  If you get a chance, there's still a couple of days left to join in with this great challenge, and there's always next month, right?       Thank you for visiting me, now go, CREATE something : )

Saturday, 25 June 2011

A Little Metal

This weeks theme over at Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog is "metal", and here is my entry:

 I started by inking a manila tag with teal Marvy ink, I added the metal tape to the corners (which I had embossed) a couple of TH cogs, a piece of embossed cs which I painted with bronze acrylic paint, the sentiment was stamped onto a piece of acetate and I stuck it in place with my tiny attacher : )      I then added the TH "on the edge" & the Graphics 45 beautiful tag with the bits of ribbon and some fibres.
Sorry about the dreadful photos, but it's Saturday night and I wont do any blogging tomorrow, so it's these or nothing LOL.

And if you're wondering about the Graphics 45 tag, I got the great "Steampunk Debutante Tags" from Karen, HERE, and she sells the MDF tags that fit them perfectly!!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, wherever you happen to be at the moment : )    And thank you for visiting my humble abode : )

Monday, 20 June 2011

Clean and Simple...

The challenge over at Stampotique blog for the last couple of weeks has been "clean and simple", and it sounds a lot easier than what it actually is LOL.



I stamped Gibi onto a white card front, then masked the image and used a bit of bubble wrap and some teal acrylic paint to do the background, then added a couple of butterfly punchies, and the "Hello" is from a Darkroom Door wordstrip.   

I was going to go with an ATC I started, but by the time I was done, it was no longer "clean and simple" LOL!!!


       

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gone Gothic...

Yes, I know!   Another Gothic arch...but I just enjoy playing with that shape so much, so when I read that Simon Says Stamp and Show's theme for this week was "torn/distressed" I just had to!      I've used some Tim Holtz paper, the sentiment from THIS TH stamp set, the word"explorer" and the image of the man are both from THIS Darkroom Door set (stamped onto acetate with black StaZon ink, I also dry-brushed some gold acrylic paint onto the underside of the word)    The word was then stuck to a painted puzzle piece,  I've also added a couple of pewter brads and some butterfly punches (with some wild honey Distress Stickles on their wings)      All edges have been torn and/or distressed (with my trusty and very used MM distresser), for the hole over the sentiment I just made a small cut with my craft knife and began tearing the section out, then inked all the edges with Distress ink.
And here are the photos to prove it : )





Collections For Craft Queen

Here are some of the cards I've been making for Nicole at Craft Queen using Collections papers and chipboard:












All the bits and pieces can be purchased through CRAFT QUEEN.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Vintage With a Heart...

 The current theme over at Crafty Individuals new challenge blog is "Vintage with a Heart" so I couldn't wait to join in this month and try out my brand new stamp plate (which I got to choose after being one of very lucky five winners of last month's theme "Free as a Bird")    
Here is my entry for this month...I remembered I had a couple of shadow boxes waiting to be altered, so I started by painting the box with a coat of teal acrylic paint, then adding some burnt umber to the edges.    I then stamped the following images: CI 190 , CI 189 , and CI 306 using black Versafine ink, coloured the images with wc pencils, added some KG here and there, trimmed the images to size and stuck them into the cavities.   I then stamped and heat-embossed the corset images, trimmed and stuck them down using some foam tape for added dimention.    I then went through my stash of ch and found the tiny heart, which I covered with some GMed gause, and then added the tiny buttons...the word is from a Collections sheet.  I hope you like my interpretation : )        Here are some photos:





Thanks for visiting my palace, and for the lovely comments some of you leave for me, I really appreciate them : )

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Inkurable Stampers June Entry

I told you I had some time to play today LOL, so here is my entry to this month's Inkurable Stampers theme of "Spots, Dots, and Circles"

I've been missing last years Gothic Arches challenge (also run by Sarah, of Inkurable Stampers) , so decided to use a Gothic Arch shape as the base for my entry (aren't I sneaky???)
I began by painting the arch shape with red, gold,  and bronze acrylic paints, I then stamped some circles (See Dee's) and some splatter (Darkroom Door "Artist" set) using Versafine black ink, and heat-embossed the images with black EP.      I then used the Darkroom Door "Dots" b'ground stamp with some teal acrylic paint.     I then added the sentiment (from Oxford Impressions) and the filmstrip dolls (Cats life Press) both stamped onto white cs and heat-embossed with black EP.    And here are the photos:


I hope you've also had some time to play along...Don't forget, you still have plenty of time left to join in with this Inkurable Stampers challenge...Thank you for visiting me and see you again soon : )

Tag...You're It!

It's been a while, but I had a bit of time up my sleeve today (I know!!!   I really should be catching up on housework, or on some sleep, but I just had to play LOL) so I decided to join in with the great "Tag" challenge for this week over at Simon Says Stamp and Show" challenge blog...Did you know that they offer a $50 gift voucher to the winning entry?    What better incentive than more toys to play with : )  And there's always plenty of gorgeous samples made by the DT to get the inspiration flowing...
I was finishing off some ATCs so I had my white embossing powder out and decided to use that as my starting point.      I began by stamping my images with Versamark ink, and embossing them with white embossing powder.    I then rubbed various Marvy and Distress inks onto the tag, adding the sentiment (which was embossed onto vellum) and using my sewing machine to add a border.     I completed the tag by adding some red ribbon, some sparkly threads and a red and white button...and here are some photos:





I've used the following stamps:
Tim Holtz "Urban Chic" set
Darkroom Door "Wildflowers Vol.1" set

I hope you are enjoying the weekend wherever you happen to be at the moment...

Friday, 3 June 2011